Donald Trump Victory Leaves Obama Legacy Hanging in the Balance

The president-elect has promised to undo many of Obama's signature initiatives

ByArlette Saenz
November 10, 2016, 4:14 AM

— -- When President Obama and president-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office today, the fate of the Obama legacy will loom large and questions about its resilience may hang in the balance.

Trump's victory appears to be a huge blow to the nation's first black president, who is among one of the most popular outgoing presidents in recent history. A recent Gallup tracking poll found President Obama enjoying a 56 percent approval rating.

With Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, many of the president's legislative accomplishments and executive actions could unravel. Here's a look at a few areas that Trump may try to chip away.


Throughout his campaign, Trump has vowed to work to repeal and replace the president's signature healthcare plan, saying it's an item he will tackle on "day one" in the White House. In the final week of the campaign, Trump suggested he could convene a special session of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has been the target of Republican ire for the past six years.


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